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May

The summer is truly the best time for players to become stronger, more powerful, quicker and faster in order to gain an edge next season. Designing the most effective workout plan could well be the difference between winning and losing. Here are a... more

February

The ultimate test of muscular strength and endurance for the upper body is the 225-pound bench maximum repetitions test at the NFL Combine. The most reps since the 2000 Combine was set by current Washington Redskin defensive tackle Stephen Paea in 20... more

If you're a college athlete prepping to enter the NFL Draft, the NFL Combine is the biggest stage you will ever face. Each day leading up to the event is pivotal in your draft selection. A millisecond can make or break your draft stock, bank account... more

Speed is one of the most exciting elements of the current NFL game. Not only do the running backs and wide receivers possess world-class speed, but now the interior linemen are now moving at speeds not previously seen in the history of the game. Mu... more

With Super Bowl 50 a few days away, it's easy to forget that many players are already focused on next season. After all, being football fit is a year-round goal. With that in mind, here's a workout featuring exercises from offseason regimens from som... more

The NFL Combine is just like a normal job interview. There's almost no difference except that millions of people of watching, you've spent months preparing, there could be millions of dollars on the line and it's a dream job for college athletes. The... more

January

Technology is changing the way that NFL teams are training. Performance monitoring systems introduced over the last few years have shaped the way that teams analyze their players during workouts and plan their practices. Athlete monitoring devices... more

Recovery is the process of returning to a normal healthy condition. This is often a difficult challenge with the size, strength, speed and power of our current football players. Who would have thought we would see the day when a 300+ pound offensive... more

One of the most common questions we get at Proactive Sports is how to tone and tighten the abdominal muscles. Here's an at-home circuit you can do without any equipment. NFL Up! Looking to Up! your game? Take a look at NFL Up! to view workouts an... more

December

With the holiday season nearly wrapping up, New Year's resolutions are just around the corner. With that in mind, we at NFL Up! thought it would be perfect timing to go over nutrition. We have a basic nutrional walkthrough that should help you stay o... more

Football is a contact sport. There is no way around it. Collisions occur on almost every play and the head and neck are often involved in these hits. These hits can jar the head forward, backward, to the side, rotationally and possibly diagonally.... more

Quarterback Eli Manning waits for a fresh meal at the New York Giants facility. NFL players have to fuel their body with the right foods in order to perform at their best. (NFL/John Minchillo) NFL Players are elite athletes who must fuel... more

November

In my many years as a certified strength and conditioning specialist, I've had the opportunity to take advantage of some of the world's finest sports performance technology and equipment. While much of the advances in strength and conditioning equi... more

At Proactive Sports, we have been fortunate enough to train some of the fastest players in the game, from C.J. Spiller to Trae Waynes (second overall fastest 40 time at the 2015 NFL Combine). With that comes the first bit of advice we have: There is... more

October

Football is commonly referred to as a combat sport, but combat skill is not trained throughout the year. Basketball players can shoot jump shots daily and find pick-up games whenever they choose. Football players, however, are limited in the offseaso... more

Winning and losing football games comes down to many factors: game plans, execution of blocking, tackling, catching and running to name a few. Another significant factor in determining a winner is the play of special teams. But unfortunately, kickers... more

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick demonstrates a box jump drill. One way to develop power through training is by using exercises that focus on plyometrics, like the box jump. (NFL) At the NFL Combine, an athlete's power is measured by... more

Last week's article , NFL trainer Ryan Capretta walked us through the foundation of a speed and agility program. This week, Capretta takes NFL Up! through the different phases to consider when designing a speed and agility program. Read on and take y... more

September

When it comes time to develop a workout program, training smart and efficiently are the keys. An athlete's biomechanics, proper program design around injury prevention and establishing a progressive load all provide the blueprint for a successful pro... more

Washington Redskins guard Shawn Lauvao gets some chow at the team's cafeteria. Fueling the body correctly is important to maximizing an athlete's performance. One of the most crucial ingredients to a diet for an active athlete is... more

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill performs resistance drills with Clif Marshall. As the season begins, players tend to decrease the intensity of their training regimen. (NFL) As the NFL season kicks off this week, strength and... more

March

It only took a few hours for the 2015 offseason to turn into a free agent frenzy. After some huge trades, big signings and some unexpected retirements, the NFL landscape looks drastically different. Some teams have been extremely busy, and there's st... more

February

Wisconsin offensive lineman Rob Havenstein gets ready to run through a drill at the 2015 NFL Combine. NFL hopefuls train a great deal leading up to the combine, the biggest job interview of their athletic career. (AP Photo) NFL prospects have... more

Hard work on the field and in the gym is a must in order to be great. But one of the hidden keys to maximizing this hard work is to have strategies in place that allow for proper recovery. Proper recovery allows for maximum growth and rejuvenation.... more

January

NFL Up! Looking to Up! your game to the next level at the gym? Take a look at NFL Up! to view workouts and tips from NFL players and trainers to ensure you're ready for game day.More... The ability to produce power is a must to play dominant... more

December

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, right, takes a breather between workouts as trainer Clif Marshall explains the next exercise. Marshall emphasizes the importance of strengthening the neck muscles as a way to prevent injuries. (NFL)... more

Detroit Lions defensive back James Ihedigbo develops his speed in cone drills with added resistance. Cone drills are an excellent way to build football speed and reaction time. (NFL) Football speed is a different monster than simply being... more

One of the most overlooked areas of strength training for football players is the proper development of hand and forearm strength. Virtually every aspect of the game requires strong and powerful hand and forearm muscles. From catching a football, to... more

November

Physical power and proper technique wins individual battles on the football field. Development of both power and football techniques can not only be created on the field but also in the weight room. Furthermore, power and sound technique on the field... more

October

Halloween is this week and ready to deliver its annual helping of sugar comas. With that comes extra pounds. So get Up! and combat that holiday weight with these gridiron approved ab workouts. 1. Inverted Abs This strenuous ab exercise engages... more

The "core is a hot buzz word in the current sports performance world. But what is the core? Which muscles make up the core and what is all the fuss about? NFL Up! Looking to up your game to the next level at the gym? Take a look at NFL Up! to vie... more

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton warms up his arm before game time. Dalton works hard to stay healthy throughout the season. (Al Behrman/Associated Press) Pro Bowler Andy Dalton is the only quarterback in the history of the... more

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Mike Mitchell and Cincinnati Bengals defensive back George Iloka run through a ladder drill in the offseason. Adding a competitive aspect to your training can lead to greater results from your workouts.(NFL)... more

NFL Up! Looking to up your game at the gym? Take a look at what NFL players put themselves through at NFL Up! to make sure they're ready come Sunday.More... When most people think of developing their core, they think of doing good old fashio... more

September

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings is coming off a monster week , rushing for 176 yards in a 30-17 win over the Houston Texans in Week 3. Having a unique workout regimen, Jennings writes about how he prepares for game time. I start every... more

As important as your workouts are, your rest and recovery routines are just as important. In my 30 years as a medical professional in the sports medicine field, I have seen many athletes physically and mentally exhaust themselves or "hit the wall."... more

Speed is a skill, and a skill must be practiced. The skill of speed can be trained anywhere at any time with little or no equipment. Although we use many tools to train speed, such as sleds, bands and treadmills, below are three exercises that don't... more

August

The 2014 NFL season is upon us, and we have a brand new slate of players joining NFL Up! to show you how to get fit. From paddle boarding to weightlifting to agility drills, here are our top ten tips for staying in shape. NFL Up! Watch more NFL P... more

June

The fastest, most agile ,strongest and best conditioned teams win. Top running programs include speed, agility, power running and conditioning elements in their program. The benefits from a well prepared offseason running program result in faster, qu... more

May

Properly preparing the body for athletic competition not only helps prevent injury, but improves the performance of the athlete. NFL Up! Want to see more NFL Player workouts? Check out NFL Up! for more great training tips.More... In my pre... more

The previous two articles focused on active stretching to effectively prepare the athlete for exercise. The Movement "prep" phase is the next progression in the warmup process to optimally activate the athlete's neuromuscular system. In simpler terms... more

A successful offseason program always starts with a functional, specific and effective warmup. One aspect of the warmup is the dynamic warmup (dynamic meaning "involving movement.") Strength and Conditioning coach Marc Perry , CSCS, CPT, states that... more

March

In the NFL, once the Super Bowl is over the football year comes to an end for fans. But for the coaches, players and training staff it marks the start of a new season. And one of the first items on the priority list for the NFL player is getting heal... more

* All NFL Up! Workouts Get the workout secrets of the NFL's best: * Jamaal Charles - Breakaway speed * Duane Brown - Power punch, fast feet * Ryan Kerrigan - Leg up! * Calais Campbell - Speed rush * Patrick Peterson -... more

* All NFL Up! Workouts Get the workout secrets of the NFL's best: * Jamaal Charles - Breakaway speed * Duane Brown - Power punch, fast feet * Ryan Kerrigan - Leg up! * Calais Campbell - Speed rush * Patrick Peterson -... more

We caught up with New York Jets all-pro cornerback and NFL Up! Ambassador Antonio Cromartie to pick his brain for some training tips on improving your ball skills. Looking to get more interceptions or lock down opposing receivers? Or are you an aspir... more

Looking for faster feet? We caught up with New York Jets All-Pro cornerback and NFL Up! Ambassador Antonio Cromartie to talk all things footwork. Take your game to the next level with these footwork tips and drills! NFL Up! Want to see more of NF... more

February

Master all of the combine workouts! » 225 pound bench press » 40-yard dash » Three-cone drill » Shuttle run » Vertical jump » Broad jump At the annual NFL Scouting Combine, athletes perform a number of workouts... more

How to master the shuttle run February 20, 2014

Master all of the combine workouts! » 225 pound bench press » 40-yard dash » Three-cone drill » Shuttle run » Vertical jump » Broad jump At the annual NFL Scouting Combine, athletes perform a number of workouts... more

Master all of the combine workouts! » 225 pound bench press » 40-yard dash » Three-cone drill » Shuttle run » Vertical jump » Broad jump At the annual NFL Scouting Combine, athletes perform a number of workouts... more

How to master the broad jump February 20, 2014

Master all of the combine workouts! » 225 pound bench press » 40-yard dash » Three-cone drill » Shuttle run » Vertical jump » Broad jump At the annual NFL Scouting Combine, athletes perform a number of workouts... more

Master all of the combine workouts! » 225 pound bench press » 40-yard dash » Three-cone drill » Shuttle run » Vertical jump » Broad jump At the annual NFL Scouting Combine, athletes perform a number of workouts... more

The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is coming soon (see it live on NFL Network ) and every NFL team has the need for speed! And it isn't just the usual speed positions such as running back or wide receiver that require players to be exceptionally fast and... more

Master all of the combine workouts! » 225 pound bench press » 40-yard dash » Three-cone drill » Shuttle run » Vertical jump » Broad jump Here at the Fischer Institute , we are preparing our top college football... more

January

Every February, college players with pro aspirations are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. As seen on the NFL Network, these athletes are evaluated by NFL coaches, trainers, doctors, scouts and other front office personnel who are trying to determ... more

The New York Jets might not be in the playoffs, but star cornerback Antonio Cromartie is still working hard. He took some time to answer fitness questions from the Twitterverse. Take a look as he answers questions ranging from his biggest rival to hi... more

December

"Fueling the Body for Optimal Performance" Consuming the right food and drinks at the right time plays a critical role in an athlete's performance. In fact, I have seen this occur firsthand this NFL season. I work with the Arizona Cardinals football... more

New York Jets superstar cornerback Antonio Cromartie did a Q&A on fitness for his Twitter followers. Below, Cromartie answers questions ranging from his diet, to lifting and oxygen machines. Eating healthy: @Oliverrez honestly I don't. I think a... more

Imagine for a moment playing football without your fingers and hands. You wouldn't be able to throw or catch a pass, properly block, or execute many other football skills. Hands are extremely important to the NFL game. There's a reason that teams mea... more

With the recent rule changes to the game of football favoring the offense, a quarterback's ability to throw the football effectively and accurately is at a premium. Developing shoulder strength must be a consistent component of any quarterback's mids... more

Brian Hartline recently stopped by the NFL Network to appear on NFL AM and NFL Fantasy Live . Before he left, NFL Up! made sure to pick his brain for some advice on what it takes to be a professional football player in the modern NFL. Take a look a... more

November

Stuffed from your Thanksgiving smorgasboard of goodies? Feel like you've added five pounds from cousin Annalisa's salted caramel apple pie? Well, NFL Up! has a post-Thanksgiving workout inspired by your favorite NFL players. So, get Up! from that c... more

If you've ever said to yourself, "I'm a football player, all I need to worry about is my one rep max," you'd be wrong. As an athlete, there are key elements that play a major role in physical development. One of the most important, yet overlooked for... more

NFL Up! Want to see more of NFL Player workouts? Vote at NFL Up! to unlock great training tips.More... Each year, football players at all levels are becoming bigger, faster and stronger. As a result, players are becoming harder and harder to... more

We caught up with New York Jets superstar cornerback and NFL Up! Ambassador Antonio Cromartie to pick his brain for a few more workout and fitness secrets. Need to increase your speed? Eat better pre- and post-workout meals? How about some agility... more

October

New York Jets superstar cornerback Antonio Cromartie took to Twitter to answer the fitness questions of his followers. Below are the best answers for those trying to get fit like Cromartie, or take their workout routine to the next level! Adding th... more

What allows a cornerback on the snap of the ball to hold a receiver at the line? On the flipside, what lets a wide receiver fly by a bump-and-run corner as if his feet were in quick sand? Or how can a mountainous offensive lineman keep the fastest... more

During my 21 years in the NFL, I have noticed a condition that many athletes experience...imbalance and non-symmetrical development. This physical state of imbalance is common in many other athletes as well: baseball, tennis, golf, hockey, just to na... more

Learning the workout secrets of NFL players isn't easy. We asked Arizona Cardinals physical therapist Brett Fischer of the Fischer Institute to show you how it's done. Not everyone has access to the fancy weight rooms that most teams possess.... more

Learning the workout secrets of NFL players isn't easy. We asked former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Donovin Darius for the secret to developing quick footwork. When was the last time you saw a running back or wide receiver in the open fiel... more

The great coach John Wooden once said, "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen!" This is true in the game of football where a missed assignment or mental lapse can mean the difference between winning and losing.... more

September

Learning the workout secrets of NFL players isn't easy. We asked Arizona Cardinals physical therapist Brett Fischer of the Fischer Institute to show you how it's done. "A glide in your stride and a dip in your hip will have the football scouts... more

Learning the workout secrets of NFL players isn't easy. Ryan Capretta , founder and director of Proactive Sports Performance, to give us the inside scoop on what makes Taylor Mays' workouts successful. Taylor Mays has logged countless hours in... more

Learning the workout secrets of NFL players isn't easy. We asked former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Donovin Darius for the inside scoop on how to get game-breaking NFL speed. The motto "speed is king" is true. In all my 25 plus years of... more

C.J. Spiller's Training Day September 17, 2013

How do you remain one of the fastest men in the NFL? Ryan Capretta tells you how his client Buffalo Bills star C.J. Spiller maintains his need for speed. C.J. Spiller is regarded as one of the fastest players in the NFL. What people don't... more

August
10 ways to get football fit August 29, 2013

Learning the workout secrets of NFL players isn't easy. We asked Arizona Cardinals physcial therapist Brett Fischer of the Fischer Institute to show you how it's done. 1. Physicals Step 1. Make sure the athlete is healthy. All NFL players re... more

Training Day with Coach Cro August 01, 2013

Antonio Cromartie is a true professional with his offseason training. To say that he trains hard doesn't really give the whole picture of what he does. There are many genetically talented athletes in the NFL that rely solely on their God-given talent... more

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford prides himself as the leader of the pack, the Alpha Dog. Whatever the exercise, the event, the competition, Steve strives to finish first. As Steve's teammate from his rookie year in 2006 with the New Orleans... more

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